If you love history and architecture, Cambodia is your calling. The Kingdom is famous for its awe-inspiring monuments, especially for the legendary temple complex of the Angkor Wat, located about six kilometers north of Siem Reap, south of Angkor Thom. Don’t forget to check out the figures of Apsaras (Goddesses) and nymphs carved on the walls of the temple, each of which is unique. As part of your visit to Angkor, don’t miss out the Bayon temple that features a massive 200 stone faces looking in all directions.
To understand Cambodia’s ancient culture, a trip to the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh is a good idea. It houses one of the world's greatest collections of Khmer culture. The museum promotes an understanding of Cambodia's heritage through the presentation and conservation of important cultural materials. A visit to Phnom Penh is never complete without visiting the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The place documents the brutal atrocities of the Khmer Regime where hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children were tortured and executed between 1975 and 1978. Phnom Penh is now a beautiful city and has emerged from the damages of war to reinvent itself as the Pearl of Asia.
To balance history with nature, take a trip down the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. From November to May, Cambodia’s dry season, the Tonlé Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, when the year’s heavy rains begin in June, the flow of the Tonlé Sap changes directions and enormous lake forms. Tonlé Sap is home to many ethnic Vietnamese and numerous Cham communities, living in floating villages around the lake. Whether you are a history lover or an art enthusiast, Cambodia won’t disappoint you. Flying Squirrel Holidays, one of Kolkata’s leading tour operators offer the best-customized tour, so come and be a part of it all.